Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Sunday, December 21, 2008
My quilting is going very well. Tomorrow more, I have to make detailed pictures with good daylight!
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Most quilters have also their favorite colours, that is why I found this interesting.
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
It is easy to use a block from your mystery for a whole quilt. so if you have finished your homework you can start another quilt. I like houses and I think you can use a lot of scraps to make a wonderful town. Now I played long enough with my Electric quilt program. I have to make mystery part two....
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Now I have to finish my quilts for my group. The first one is the Sunbonnet Sue...I have to do the binding and the sleeve. With the other one I start quilting to night. And hope to finish it on thursday. I have to show it during the weekend. Help, lack of time and wrong organisation.
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
It is so much fun to find the right fabrics for everyone. I love my job! I like to see the happy faces in my shop when a new quilt is born (well the first step: fabric choice!). Today we had a lot of Kaffe Fassett fabrics for the mystery as group 1. Group 2 will be some hand dyed browns...but I have to dye them this weekend. I have to...because otherwise my customer can not get started on thursday!
Monday, October 27, 2008
And talking about flowers: Above a detail from the first finished top of the mystery. This one has a green bachground and red, orange, pink and yellow at the front. It is stunning! Look at all those different fabrics, isnt it nice?
Thursday, October 16, 2008
And although it is autumn, we got this lovely light fabrics in the shop today. I think I have to start a new toddler quilt....We have a show next week, I can demonstrate it there... The fabric are from Moda: Butterfly Fling
This quilt is an old one, one of my first quilts. The blocks are 15 x 15 cm, yes it is small. I almost forgot about this quilt in my closet, but I brought it out for my students and they love it. It is nice to see all those different blocks and their possibilities. This picture is a special request, so here it is!
Monday, October 6, 2008
In the book I talked about last week they quilted sometimes with embroidery thread. Very interesting. I startes this quilt with leaves in the middle in a contrasting colour. I used Aurifil coton mako 12 for a great look. I love it and I think I have to do some other parts to night....
At the picture below, you can see some strips from the mystery made by my students. This are all the same strips in different colours. The strips are under and above the middle, you can see it at my quilt. Look at all those different colours and you can imagine all the differtent quilts. I love it.
Monday, September 29, 2008
And yes: I finished a quilt.... the quilt is shown here. Last week it was my little son's second birthday and that was a good deadline to finish this so it could be his quilt present! I decided to make him a quilt every year.....for the upcoming 10 years? I think the next has to be with cars and trains. I am thinking of a design using the bircks of Duplo as inspiration. (bricks with little buttons to give the image of the little dots on the plastic bricks).
The design for this quilt is coming from the book Cut-loose quilts from Jan Mullen. It is an Australian night!
Thursday, September 25, 2008
And when you are busy new ideas are coming...a nice bag...a playhouse....but there is a lot to finish. It is time to get really organised...and that means: cleaning up at the end of the day, so you can start easy the next time!
Somewhere I read that happy people have less difficulties with making choices. So be happy: you have a quicker start with a new quiltproject, because it does not take hours to choose your fabrics. And a lot of practice will also help....start many new projects to develop these skills.
Monday, September 15, 2008
The last week was extremely busy. Two shows to go with the shop....All those enthousiastic quilters give you a lot of inspiration. I wanted to go home and start sewing instead of selling fabrics...But the result is a nice, little dog...The pattern is from the Quilting Arts special with Holiday Gifts...He is so cute. I bought him Dutch beads and a orange ribbon. His eyes are buttons!
This patchwork bear is also a result of hard work. I made a pattern for all the mothers and granny's in the world. Of course you can make one for yourself with your favorite fabrics. He likes it to sit in a sewing room to guard your fabrics and other stuff.
This little flower is the winner!
On the picture: Muriel at our booth in Arnhem last weekend. It was nog so busy, but like real quilters we had something to do: bear in progress (his body is on the quilt in the back)
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
And when I start a new course I always remember the moment I bought my first real patchwork fabrics and how difiicult it was to make a choice, but also exciting and sometimes I think: after all these years, I still love it to work with fabrics and I have so much ideas, how is it all possible and how would it be to quilt also the next 40 years....?
Monday, August 25, 2008
sunbonnet, give her trousers and play with my buttons.
Coming saturday quiltseason really starts. So I have to finish a lot of little things before this day. Every year I design a mystery quilt, so the block of the house is part 0 for the upcoming mystery. The quilt will be 200 x 200 cm, the theme is 'Home, sweet, home' and the rest is a secret....Yes, it has to do with houses, you will need two colourgroups and it will be a lot of fun again.
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Now I have to think about the sewing by machine and then make another one....with other buttons.
Monday, August 18, 2008
It is impossible to show you all the quilts and it is not allowed without permission...so here is a picture of my mum with here quilt......
Of course we had to do a lot of shopping.... I bought 2 kilo of buttons...I do not know what to do with them at this moment, but I love them.... 10 colours and a lot of different sizes.... enough for the rest of my life!
Well, if we had a plane crash...you could find a lot of buttons....what would they think? And what to think of all those fabrics, threads and whatever.... more than 50% of the people were quilters....Including the show were also 'galleries'from famous artists, like Inge Hueber, Ricky Tims and Susan Brandeis. It is interesting to see a serie of work from one quilter at the same time, to discover why you like their work or not. I concluded for myself that I do not like work with a lot of black in it. For me no browns, black and other dark colours. I like the brights, white and pastels.
One of the smaller exhibitions was the European Art Quilts V, an overview of modern quilts in Europe. This new overview will travelling around the world the coming 2 years, to find out more: http://www.europeanartquilt.com/. They have a wonderful catalogue
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Last year it was fantastic to go there with my mum and share everything! So, let's go again....
I have a lot to do before we go: batteries loaded, cameracard clean (more than 1300 quilts means a lot of inspiration), what to wear, I need space in my suitcase...just in case.....and of course something little to patch in the evening.....
Friday, August 8, 2008
I have to write down all the ideas I got with this name. I like to see comments with your ideas/dreams with this name. Please be aware that if another reader had the same idea and posted it, it is not neccessary to send it also. Make a difference with your idea, that gives every reader new ideas!
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
Today I cut from all those lovely fabrics a piece of 30 cm. It was very busy in the shop so I didn't have time to enjoy them, but now they are on my table and I can have a look at them. A busy day with all those enthousiastic visitors gives you a lot of energy. It is wonderful to talk about fabrics, colours and patterns. To chose with the customers fabrics for their new projects and have a smile for them when they are dreaming about quilts to come....
Since june we have also the "quiltcafé" (only tea and coffee), a lot of talking and sewing during the day and it was fun to have a young girl, Anne, as well at the café with her mother. I liked to see how she was busy with her project, trying different possibilities and saving all the pictures on her mothers cell phone to make a good choice afterwards.
Monday, August 4, 2008
The pictures shows two of the new favorites and also the fabric I used at the header is from the same series. (by the way: they are all from Kaufmann: a fresh daisy.....
Friday, August 1, 2008
My intention with fabricwonderland is to share all the joy and pleasure I have with patchwork and quilting and other stuff you can do with fabrics.
Like any wonderland in the world there are a lot of places to go in one day. And each time you visit a wonderland you can find new merry-go-rounds and rollercoasters. Sometimes they are new and sometimes hidden during a previous visit or your day was to short to visit all!
A visit to my imaginary Fabricwonderland gives me a lot of pleasure, dreams and ideas. And I wish that you discover your own dreams and favorite places to go.
Have a nice stay!